DES MOINES, Iowa – December 17, 2009 – Kemin Health L.C., a division of Kemin Industries, has raised the bar for ingredient suppliers to the nutritional industry by investing in and receiving GMP Certification from NSF International for its manufacturing facilities in Des Moines, Iowa.
NSF International (www.nsf.org) is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), International Accreditation Service (IAS) and the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) in the U.S. and is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and the Indoor Environment. NSF International has been active in quality issues related to dietary supplements, having developed the first independent testing standards and product certification program strictly for dietary supplements in the US.
NSF International recently audited Kemin Health’s facilities and found them to be in compliance with dietary supplement current good manufacturing practices (CGMPs). The certification follows NSF/ANSI Standard 173, Section 8 and is based upon the Dietary Supplement CGMPs (21 CFR Part 111).
“Our NSF GMP certification is just another example of how we are dedicated to manufacturing quality products for our customers and partnering with them for future growth,” said Andrew Martin, Vice President of Global Marketing for Kemin Health. “Besides investing in the necessary studies to establish the safety and effectiveness of our ingredients, this certification provides assurance to customers and consumers that the ingredients we make meet strict quality standards.”
Transparency and quality are more important than ever for finished product manufacturers as they work to comply with recently effective dietary supplement GMPs and as consumers raise growing concerns with product benefits and safety.
Besides having the scientific substantiation for ingredient claims, Kemin Health proactively supports supplement manufacturers’ compliance with the new GMPs by providing audit certifications, including Kemin Health’s NSF International certificate, as well as standardized information on dietary ingredient (SIDI) packets and analytical methods and tools to confirm ingredient identity and activity. By achieving GMP certification, Kemin Health is able to add a critical layer of trust that is more important than ever in the dietary supplement industry.
Kemin® – Inspired Molecular Solutions™
Founded in 1961, the Kemin group of companies (www.kemin.com) provide health and nutritional solutions to the agrifood, food ingredient, pet food, human health and pharmaceutical industries. Kemin operates in more than 60 countries with manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and the United States.
Kemin Health develops, manufactures and markets specialty ingredients with healthful benefits for the dietary supplement and functional food and beverage markets. Specific to the nutraceutical industry, Kemin Health is credited with successfully commercializing lutein and significantly developing the eye supplement category under the FloraGLO® Lutein brand (www.floraglolutein.com), the leading and most researched lutein ingredient brand sold worldwide. Kemin Health also manufactures Slendesta®, a safe, natural ingredient for healthy weight management, and Cr-Pro™, a new source of dietary chromium for dietary supplement products.